Sick workers take 13 million days off a year year

One in every 11 people suffers from ill-health caused, or exacerbated by, their working conditions and environment, employers were warned yesterday at the launch of the biggest health in the workplace initiative to date.

Red beef is safe to eat: Letter

Sir: Which is less justifiable, the ritual slaughter of sheep for religious reasons (report, 29 April), the carcasses being eaten, or the slaughter of tens of thousands of cows for commercial reasons, the carcasses being incinerated?

Letter: The compulsion to overeat

Sir: If Hugh J Thompson is right (letter, 18 March), then all that obese people have to do is exercise a little control, and everything will be all right. Anyone who has ever suffered the agony of compulsive overeating knows that that is just not true. The simple fact about dieting is that it works in the short term, but that it also ultimately fails.

Harmful radiation at double normal level

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feelgood factor: Craig Charles

"I'm a footballer. I play at least once a week, every Wednesday night, when I'm in London. It's five-a-side with a bunch of friends.

Lethal fall-out from waste incinerators lethal toxin

About one kilogram a year of dioxins, one of the most dangerous pollutants known to science, are emitted in Britain each year according to a new estimate by the Government's pollution inspectorate.

Guyana cyanide leak `a disaster'

Georgetown - President Cheddi Jagan of Guyana designated a large swath of territory south of the capital as an environmental disaster zone after cyanide from a Canadian-owned gold mine seeped into the Omai river, which joins the Essequibo, Guyana's largest river. Mr Jagan pledged to take all possible steps to contain the contamination from the deadly poison that was discovered at the Omai gold mine last Saturday.

'Miracle' cure for fatness has slim chance of success

A MIRACLE treatment for fat mice, trumpeted last week as a possible cure for human obesity and provoking a multi-million-dollar share price surge, has one unpublicised drawback - preliminary research indicates it will fail to work on humans.

LETTER:Taking the lottery far too seriously

From Dr Gina Kavanagh

Short children

VITAL SIGNS

Eating too much makes you fat - official

Metabolism is bunk: Hester Lacey meets the scientists who can prove it

VITAL SIGNS: Warning: Christmas is a health hazard

The pre-Christmas frenzy can seriously damage your health, according to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. Hours spent trudging around departments stores, with shoppers leaving supermarkets loaded down like pack animals, takes its toll on the back and feet, it points out. On the day itself, wrestling with a 20lb turkey can be dangerous while the traditional post-prandial snooze in front of the television can cause stiff necks and indigestion.

Cyanide death

A MAN aged 41 was found dead in a vat of cyanide solution. Terry Norwood's head, shoulders and arms were immersed in the sodium cyanide at a metal finishing company in Wembley, north- west London. The death was not being treated as suspicious.

Dioxin study reveals serious health risks

ONE OF the most thorough scientific reviews of dioxin chemicals in the environment has found they pose serious health risks, campaigners said yesterday.

True Gripes / Don't scare the joggers: Al fresco love is a health hazard

I have tendonitis in my right leg. I have shin splints in my left. Who is to blame for this terrible state of affairs? That ghastly sector of the populace which lacks pride, has never heard of self-control and knows only the animalistic meaning of the word 'breeding': I refer to public snoggers.
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